I Wish I Had Carried Jesus’ Cross

Yesterday was Good Friday, and our family tradition is to watch “The Passion” movie to remember what Jesus went through for us. Someone in particular caught my attention in a whole different way this year. Simon the Cyrene. As I watched him I almost wished I could have carried Jesus’ cross.  I was thinking about how powerful it must have been for Simon the Cyrene. Let me be more specific….

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Vulnerability and Companionship

I was thinking about the concept of “Vulnerability” and it struck me that its very different than weakness. Let me give you some context. The other day I approached Melissa and told her that I was feeling vulnerable. It was slightly strange, because it wasn’t about anything in particular, it was just a feeling, but something I felt I should share with her. As I shared I found that I…

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Reflections on the Seahawks Loss: God’s Working In It or Through It?

In the last few weeks I’ve watched the Seahawks games and been blown away by the apparent supernatural quality of their wins. Particularly in their game 2 weeks ago to the Packers. They were losing and had played horribly, but in the last 5 minutes pulled off every obscure play in the book, plays that most teams would be excited if even one of them worked. Considering the faith that…

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Tattoos, Art and Personal Character

One of the things my wife and I like to do together is watch the occasional TV show. Although we aren’t generally fans of reality TV, there are two contest style shows that have caught our attention. Both are artistically based, although admittedly in entirely different realms of art. They are similar in genre but have an incredible contrast that has hit both of us deeply and I felt it…

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Losing a Baby, Why Do These Things Happen?

I went to the funeral of a baby on Friday. It was my cousin’s child; she had a miscarriage because her water broke at 18 weeks. Her son was perfect, just not developed enough to make it on his own. Everyone deals with loss in their own way, and having had a stillborn ourselves I understand the impact that the loss of an unborn child can have. Its in moments…

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Learning to Trust by Falling Out of a Plane

I had the opportunity to skydive this summer, and the exhilarating experience taught me a few things about trusting God. I went with my Dad, for his 60th birthday- he figured there was no better way to tell 60 who was in charge, and I couldn’t very well let him go alone, could I? I wasn’t initially sure how I would feel about it. Would I be too nervous and…

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